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The Devil's Nose Train Ride

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Address: | Station Alausí, Riobamba, Ecuador
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8:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
6:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Thu - Fri 6:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant...

The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant outcrop that looks almost impossible to climb down. The train descents, in a breathtaking maneuver, 500 meters in just 12 kilometers across a zigzag craved in the rocks of the mountain, and continues deep into the Chanchan River gorge in the Southern Ecuadorian Andes. The train operates from Tuesdays to Sundays departing from Alausi or Thursdays to Fridays departing from Riobamba.

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The Devil's Nose was an amazing 2 1/2 hour train ride! Ecuador is a beautiful country that is highlighted on this train ride.We gave it a 4 because you stop for an hour, that is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Debra S
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Deerfield, Illinois
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Deerfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Devil's Nose was an amazing 2 1/2 hour train ride! Ecuador is a beautiful country that is highlighted on this train ride.We gave it a 4 because you stop for an hour, that is too long, to buy drinks and dance with the locals. A must do!!!!

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Riobamba is the capital of the province of Chimborazo, is surrounded by high and beautiful mountain ranges that form a natural setting, resulting in an infinite range of landscapes, enclosed in large and small valleys. Among the most important mountains are the Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador with a height of 6310 meters above sea level. Riobamba has many... More 

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Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The journey starts from Alausí to Sibambe, I can say about my experience on this tour is that it was an incredible ride, because it has been said that the route is the most difficult in the world, in a part of the route the train go backwards to come down and follow a zig-zag path, this part of the... More 

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We did the Devil's nose train ride as part of our holiday touring Ecuador with Explore. The line was originally built around 1900 to connect Quito and Guayaquil, but was never fully completed. It was an early start and a two hour drive from Riobamba to Alausi, so it would have been better if there were some good tourist class... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I enjoyed the entire experience, including the bus ride from Riobamba. The views were stunning. I loved the small town of Alausí. Yes, the train ride is a bit touristee but well worth the experience.

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Cibolo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

This historic train ride provided passengers a beautiful Vista. The train station did need more bathrooms, but other than that, the experience was great. After enjoying the first section of the trip, we stopped at the midway station for a museum, shopping, snacking and watching the lovely and energetic dancers. A memorable experience.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

The monumental landscape than you can enjoy when you travel on the train, and when you witness the amazing engineering applied on the route you just get speechless. It is a perfect destination to visit while trying to know Ecuador

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Thank Julio T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Nice view but a bit touristic. If you arrive by bus, not all the busses enters town. Sometimes you have to go out at the pen american highway and walk in town

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

In my point of view a very boring trip, not worth 30 Dollars at all! It's 30 Dollars from Alausí to Sibambe and back, including the entrance for a museum in Sibambe (where you only have one hour to see everything and get a snack). You can NOT sit on the roof of the train anymore, this has been forbidden... More 

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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Well organised we were admitted to our compartment. Friendly guide who was more fluent in Spanish than in English. But his English was still quiet understandable. Although there was heavy overcast at the beginning or our journey it was still very spectacular. Arriving at Sisambe we were welcomed by local traditional dancers. The train stopped lower than the railway station... More 

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